Next Charlton Manager Odds: Hasselbaink, Warburton and Beale early contenders
Charlton Athletic are trekking through the managerial marshlands for the fourth time in 14 months following the club’s surprise decision to part ways with Johnnie Jackson, just five months after handing the 39-year-old the full-time job.
Jackson had originally stepped up to the plate as caretaker manager in October when the club was down in the relegation zone following a poor start to the season under Nigel Adkins. He instantly impressed, stamping seven wins on the board from 10 games, a return which bagged him the permanent position just before Christmas.
However, following the conclusion of the 2021/22 League One season - in which Charlton finished 13th - owner Thomas Sandgaard has decided that a fresh approach is needed in the Addicks hot-seat - It’s been reported that if the club had finished in the top-8 then Jackson’s contract would have automatically renewed.
“This decision has been a very difficult one to make, Johnnie has done so much for the club, but I felt the time was right to make the change as we continue our preparations for next season,” Sandgaard said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Our search for a new manager has begun. This season wasn’t the season any of us at the club wanted. I have big ambitions for Charlton and it will be important for us to find the right individual that can build on the foundations in place and help us progress on our journey.”
Below you’ll find the latest in the next Charlton manager odds market, while we run through some of the potential managers the club could target…
Meanwhile, you can vote here in our Next Charlton Manager Poll
After opting not to stick with Jackson, Sandgaard told London News Online: “We have potential managers out of jobs and others who could be convinced to come here. It depends who we talk to. The process could be relatively short or we might go very close up to pre-season.”
It's a familiar face that features in the upper echelon of the market in former Charlton striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (4/1), who is also being linked to the vacancy at Barnsley.
The Dutch manager is currently in his second spell at Burton, with whom he previously won the League Two title, and has since taken to consecutive 16th place finishes in League One.
Hasselbaink, who featured in the Charlton betting back in November, has also had less successful spells at QPR and Northampton.
Another early name in the frame is Steven Gerrard’s highly rated assistant manager Michael Beale, who played a pivotal role in Rangers’ title win last season, before following Gerrard to Aston Villa.
“It would take me 15/20 years to become as good as Michael Beale as an on-pitch coach, delivering sessions on a daily basis, so I let Mick be Mick Beale because he’s the expert,” Gerrard said of his assistant.
Beale was hotly linked with Charlton earlier this season after the departure of Adkins, and was one of the coaches that Sandgaard spoke. “He has a fantastic track record, especially on the supporting side,” the owner said at the time. “Of course we talked to Michael. We’ve also been a little more ambitious than that, in terms of the level of managers we’ve been reaching for.”
Beale, who grew up in south London and was in the Addicks academy, can currently be backed at 5/1 (BetVictor) to make the step up into outright management with Charlton.
At 5/1 you can also find Mark Warburton and Darren Ferguson.
Warburton will be available for hire after his final game in charge of fellow Londoners QPR this weekend, and is sure to attract interest around the EFL given the impact he made at Loftus Road. Warburton counts Rangers and Nottingham Forest as former clubs, and previously won promotion from League One with Brentford. He’s likely to favour a return to the Championship but the right project could interest him.
Darren Ferguson is somewhat of a League One expert. The Scot has three third-tier promotions on his CV from spells at his beloved Peterborough, whom he left for a third time in February, meaning he’s currently seeking a new job.
Other unattached managers looking for their next opportunity include Michael Appleton, Lee Johnson, Jonathan Woodgate, Chris Hughton, Daniel Stendel, and Neil Lennon.
When it comes to employed managers who are shining brightly right now, both Michael Duff (Cheltenham) and Mark Bonner (Cambridge) have proven themselves in their first League One seasons after their respective promotions last summer. Matt Taylor is set to join the duo in the third-tier after winning promotion with Exeter, as is Forest Green Rovers’ boss Rob Edwards.
Elsewhere, QPR assistant John Eustace could decide that this is the time to take an outright managerial post in the EFL, while former Man Utd caretaker Michael Carrick could be an outside option at 20/1.
Full odds below...